We’ve all known someone affected by stroke or brain injury. One of the most common consequences of such an injury to the central nervous system is spasticity. This just refers to overactive muscles that cause a contracted arm or leg. Spasticity is a stroke symptom, but occurs weeks or months after the stroke.
You might have seen a patient with stroke who keeps their wrist bent and elbow flexed all the time, even when they walk around. This is a person with spasticity. Spasticity slows down stroke recovery.
I recently gave a short talk to a group of therapists about this topic. The audience was made up of therapists who treat hands and arms. I’ve posted a link to the slides below.
This should also be available on my Facebook page, which makes it easier to share with someone who may be interested in the topic.